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Spitfire LFVIII LV679 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database]

 Spitfire LFVIII LV679

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Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash  10 Aug 44 Aircraft Name  Spitfire VIII Serial Number  LV679
Unit  615 Sqdn Operating Airfield  Deragoan Country  India
Aircrew details Fg Offr G R L Armstrong(100322)
Details During the day 16 Spitfire VIIIs of 615 Squadron took off to fly from Deragon to Baigachi, which is located in the Sunderbans area to the east of Calcutta. En Route the formation flew into a violent monsoon storm during which eight aircraft were lost and four of the pilots killed, including the commanding officer, Sqdn Ldr D.W. McCormack, DFC & Bar and Flg Off W.S. Bond, RCAF, Plt Off M. Pain, RAAF, and Wt Off A.L. Chappell, RAAF. Flt Sgt Watson managed to crash land, but the three others survivors all baled out, and all injured their legs on hitting the ground. The stricken squadron was at once rendered non-operational.
Source ORB

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